Ms. Marilia's Class : September
Issue September 21 – October 2, 2020
We are so happy to see the children back at school! Although some of them are still reluctant coming in, once they engage with teachers and/or peers, they are fine. They are enjoying work time in the classroom and playing in all gross motor areas. How wonderful it is to be in the same space once again!
Our goal has been to help the children develop trust in the teachers, connect with their peers and settle into a very different school routine. They are good listeners and are doing their best to follow the new ground rules of social distancing, frequent handwashing and staying within their own area of work. We hear the ABC song many times a day as they wash their hands diligently.
For our returning students the changes are more noticeable. Please know that we are working hard and are making changes as needed. We all need time. Partnering with each other is fundamental to a safe and successful program. Thank you for listening and making an effort to support us. I will do my best to be in touch with you via email to ask questions or share important information. Please feel free to do the same.
It’s important to say that even though we try to keep them at a certain distance from each other, we encourage interaction and social play as much as possible. That’s why we spend more time outside since it is safer. We play interactive games and sidewalk chalk is a great tool to use in the bike yard.
Care of self has always been a big part of the Montessori philosophy in our classrooms. This is definitely the year to focus on helping the younger children develop their self-help skills, especially due to limited close contact we can have. The older children are good role models of how to do things for themselves as the young ones watch and learn.
Please allow and encourage your child to do the following, by themselves, at home:
- Toileting – pulling pants/underwear down and pulling them up (front and back). Dress your child in sweat pants or loose elastic waistband shorts/pants. This will make it easier for them.
- Putting on their jackets. Some seemed to have forgotten how to “flip” their jackets on by laying them on the floor and pulling them over their heads. (Ms. Katalin and Ms. Suki taught them this trick).
- Practice putting shoes on and taking them off.
Please remember, as we assess the children we will adjust the lessons and materials to meet and challenge their individual needs.
Thank you for your cooperation Ms. Marilia, Ms. Lillian and Ms. Patti
Our theme is: Getting to Know You – We are having discussions and sharing information about ourselves. We are discovering how we are all alike and different at the same time. We share our likes and dislikes. This helps us connect with one another. Our theme song is the classic “Getting to Know You” by Julie Andrews.
Art: In celebration of International Dot Day on 9/15, we read the book The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds. It’s a story about Vashti, a little girl who is not a confident artist. Her teacher inspires and encourages her and Vashti herself becomes an inspiration to a little boy. The children did a simple dot paint activity that was nicely framed and displayed in the hallway. Below is a link to the story:
The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5mGeR4AQdM
Cultural Arts/Geography: As we learn about ourselves, we are talking about the where we live and will be looking into the map of Scarsdale and other towns represented in our classroom.
Oral language activities to help them develop vocabulary.
We are reviewing letters and sounds to see what they remember in order to plan for the next activities.
Math: Montessori lessons – Counting 0 to 10 exercises
Reviewing teens and tens boards, 1-100 number board
Practical Life: Pouring, spooning, tying, lacing, cutting exercises
Sensorial: Introducing the pink tower, broad stair, and knobbed cylinders.
Reviewing and refreshing their minds by working with the same materials then introducing the monomial, binomial and trinomial cubes.
Please keep in mind that the children have not been in school for 6 months so we are giving them time to learn and or rediscover the materials in the classroom.
We know this year will be a challenging school year and appreciate your cooperation and understanding. We are working hard at giving the children the best possible year.
Remember to look for the monthly calendar with current reminders being sent home!